Afraid to Fly (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Afraid to Fly (Anchor Point #2)
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary / Military
Page Count: 347
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It’s been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.

Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he’s sober now and getting his life back on track. He’s traded drones for a desk, and he’s determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.

Clint has been on Travis’s radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it’s a disaster, but there’s a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.

It’s all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint’s never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.

Afraid to Fly, the second book in L. A. Witt’s Anchor Point series, features two older MCs – Travis (45) and Clint (40) who each bring a boatload of issues to the relationship. Former pilot Travis deals daily with the excruciating physical effects of a crash and ejection and wonders how long he’ll be able to pass the biannual PRT. Sworn to absolute secrecy after a horrific incident that occurred while he was remotely piloting a drone, Clint’s subsequent battle with alcoholism cost him his marriage and children. Each man suffers from PTSD and nightmares.

This is no light sexy romp on its way to a Disneysque HEA and with Travis’ constant back pain and his committed relationship with Motrin and a TENS unit, there’s a lot of blow jobs and frotting in lieu of anal sex. I like how Witt doesn’t portray this as a “less than” relationship, and the sex is hot as hell.

There is a LOT of introspection and long long internal monologues on the part of both men and in my opinion this really slowed down the flow of the story. I rarely skim, but found myself continually checking my progress on the book as it seemed to really drag along in the middle. At 347 pages, Afraid to Fly felt a bit bloated. There is also a Unilateral Decision made by Travis that seemed pretty boneheaded, but the ending gives us Travis and Clint on the way to a work-in-progress HEA. And BONUS we also get to check in on Paul and Sean and their wedding.

L.A. Witt really knows her stuff in crafting M/M military romances that deal with the havoc military life can wreak on relationships and families. My rating for Afraid to Fly is 3.5 stars and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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